Stion produces high-efficiency thin-film solar modules at a production facility in Hattiesburg, MS, utilizing industry standard equipment and highly optimized processes resulting in high-yield, low-cost manufacturing.
Hattiesburg, MS is home to Stion’s 700,000+ square foot class A manufacturing facility. The strategic location was selected for its world-class manufacturing infrastructure and workforce, as well as it’s proximity to major interstate highways, Kansas City Southern Rail, and Gulf shipping ports. The facility provides the state-of-the-art infrastructure needed to support the rapid transformation of glass into high-efficiency solar modules readily available for shipment.
Stion’s technology development center is located in San Jose, California – the capital of Silicon Valley. The facility houses a state-of-the-art clean room and advanced material and device testing equipment.
Stion sought out high-volume, high-quality, low-cost industrial tools from established industries when choosing the equipment sets. By marrying advanced process techniques with this equipment platform, high-efficiency, low-cost thin-film solar modules are produced. Advantages include:
· Emphasizes process and materials optimization, not equipment design
· Grants access to certified, proven, high-quality equipment from multiple sources in a mature supply base
· Enables use of high-volume equipment necessary to meet efficiencies of scale
· Permits use of readily available supply to support aggressive expansion strategies
Sputtering Tools have been used for decades to create thin-films in the semiconductor and architectural glass industries and more recently in liquid crystal displays. Sputtering is a low-cost, proven process that can deposit highly repeatable, uniform metal layers on a glass substrate.
The auto and architectural glass industries have used Glass Lamination Tools to create multi-layer glass products since the early 1900’s.
Chemical Vapor Deposition Furnaces are used to create high-quality, high-performance solid materials for the semiconductor industry. This is a low-cost, proven tool that Stion uses to create a high-quality transparent conducting oxide that generates a unique light scattering effect and ultimately gives the module it’s superior aesthetics.
Stion employs the use of Glass Conveyance Equipment adapted from the glass industry. The United States glass industry efficiently moves over 20 million tons of glass per year.